chaz wyman wrote:
Are you familiar with the Process Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and his followers? It is quite a complete metaphysics based on the premise that the ultimate constituents of reality are occasions, events, processes, rather than substances. He does not use the term "panpsychism" as I recall, but he calls the ultimate constituents "occasions of experience."
Do you think this has anything that is remotely associated with Panpsychism?
From what I have collected from Whitehead's, Russell's thinking as logicians, positivism etc - i find it puzzling to see them named in this context.
Bertrand Russell ultimately came to a neutral monist view in which events were the primary reality, and mind and matter were both constructed from them. After some early, suggestive comments, he became increasingly supportive of panpsychism in the late 1920′s. Russell’s book An Outline of Philosophy(1927) directly addressed this. He wrote: “My own feeling is that there is not a sharp line, but a difference of degree [between mind and matter]; an oyster is less mental than a man, but not wholly un-mental” (p. 209). Part of the reason why we cannot draw a line, he says, is that an essential aspect of mind is memory, and a memory of sorts is displayed even by inanimate objects: “we cannot, on this ground [of memory], erect an absolute barrier between mind and matter. … [I]nanimate matter, to some slight extent, shows analogous behavior” (p. 306). In the summary he adds,
The events that happen in our minds are part of the course of nature, and we do not know that the events which happen elsewhere are of a totally different kind. The physical world…is perhaps less rigidly determined by causal laws than it was thought to be; one might, more or less fancifully, attribute even to the atom a kind of limited free will (p. 311).